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Have you ever wondered why some dogs howl? We all know that dogs bark and whine and cry and whimper. These are all perfectly normal ways for a dog to communicate. But you may forget that dogs howl, too. They may not do it very often, but your dog is just as capable of howling as any wolf or coyote.

Barking, whining, whimpering and howling are all ways for your dog to communicate and they all signify some particular feeling or desire. We're most familiar with barking and other daily sounds our dogs make. We can identify the way our dog barks to let us know he's hungry or he wants out. We usually know what it means when a puppy whimpers. But it can be quite startling to hear a dog howl.

Dogs may howl for several reasons and they are similar to the same reasons that wolves howl. Anyone who has ever heard the haunting, lonely sound of a wolf's howl probably won't soon forget it. A wolf may howl when he's alone to give his position to his packmates. He may howl, in essence, because he's lonely and he wants to be found.

Your dog may howl for much the same reason. If you have to leave your dog home alone it's possible that your dog can develop a habit of howling in your absence to express his loneliness. In a way, he's letting others know where he is. His "pack" (that would be you) is missing and he wants to be found, or he wants you to make your way back home to find him. The howl is like a beacon so the two of you can find each other.

Of course, your neighbors probably won't appreciate your dog's howling.

The howl of a dog can carry for long distances so, for both wolves and dogs, howling is very useful when the animals are separated. Howling can be a way for the animals to try to re-establish contact with each other.

Fortunately, most dogs don't howl this way very often, or for long periods of time. They may bark anxiously, or bark for pleasure or as a nuisance, but howling itself isn't that common among domesticated dogs. There are exceptions, of course. Some hounds enjoy a good baying session. Baying is somewhat different than howling since it usually has some prey as an object - a squirrel up a tree, for instance - but, again, your neighbors probably won't appreciate the subtle differences.

Some dogs may also howl when they hear sirens or music. No one really knows why dogs feel the need to accompany these sounds with their own howl. The answer could be anything from the sound hurting their ears to just wanting to join in.

If you have a dog who howls there's probably not much you can do about it. If the howling seems to be related to separation anxiety you can work on ways to reduce your dog's anxiety by consulting with your veterinarian and/or a canine behaviorist. Otherwise, your dog probably won't howl very often. If and when he does you should pay attention and see what triggers the event. It could be something important.

Why Do Dogs Howl?



A sleeping dog snores and appears to dream. They yelp, bark, make strange noises and move around. Sometimes the noises sound quite distressing and can make you feel quite sorry for the animal. We may not be able to ask our dogs if they dream but all of the scientific data points to the fact that yes, indeed, dogs do dream.

According to researchers, dogs have the same kind of sleep patterns that humans have. That is, they have SWS, or Slow Wave Sleep, the first stage of sleep. This is light sleep in which the dog is easily awakened. Your dog's breathing is slow and regular but he's ready to spring into action if needed.

The other stage of sleep with which most people are familiar, and which dogs share, is REM sleep. This is when you see your dog twitching or moving his paws. He may bark, whine or growl in his sleep. Dogs and humans have similar EEG readings at this point and we know that humans dream during this REM stage, so it makes sense to extrapolate that dogs are dreaming as well.

When your dog is in this deep, relaxed state of sleep and, presumably dreaming, it can be very hard to wake him. You may need to shake him several times to rouse him. Do be careful when you wake a dog from this deep sleep since he may be slightly confused at first.

Emphasizing the similarity to humans, dogs can also have sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder in dogs. It is more common in overweight and brachycephalic dogs.

Puppies are believed to dream more than adult dogs. Perhaps this is because they spend a large majority of their first few weeks sleeping. However, they do need to process an enormous amount of new information each day as they learn about life. Puppies are learning how to use their muscles, how to think, how to relate to other puppies and dogs (social interaction), how to function with people (human bonding). The list is endless. They are growing at a tremendous rate in their first weeks. It's no wonder that they spend a lot of time sleeping and dreaming so they can try to organize what they're learning. Dreaming does seem to help people process information so it may also serve this function for dogs.

Does your dog have nightmares? Possibly, dogs often seem to growl or become defensive in their dreams. Does your dog have happy dreams? It seems likely. Many people joke that a dog is chasing a rabbit in their dreams but this may be true. Maybe your dog dreams about spending a great day with you, playing games and eating treats and getting ear scratches.

The truth is that we just don't know what a dog dreams about. It could be anything. But it seems undeniably true that dogs do dream based on the scientific evidence. Maybe someday we'll be able to find a way to translate brainwaves directly into visual images so we can see what our dogs are dreaming. Or, maybe we could ask an animal communicator. But right now no one knows what dogs dream.

Do Dogs Dream?



The physical and emotional benefits of owning a dog are well-known. Less considered is whether all those slobbery kisses from our furry friends can lead to sickness. Since it is possible to get deathly ill from kissing your dog, it is probably a good idea to avoid the kissing as much as possible.

Most of us have probably kissed our dogs, either superficially, or with a real wet one, but is that really a good idea? Our pups come in contact with lots of germs that live in our environment. Also, they naturally carry bugs in their saliva, which they can easily spread through kissing or licking.

Essentially, we all should always wash our hands after handling, feeding and brushing our pets, and in reality, avoid kissing them. If you kiss your dog, there is a possibility that you might exchange plaque from his mouth to yours, which could introduce different bacteria into your mouth that could be harmful.

If you haven't noticed, dogs enjoy licking their rear ends, so if you kiss your dog on the mouth, you would potentially receive some of those bacteria. It doesn't seem to bother the dog, but it probably would bother you. Any kind of feces from any living thing is not good to be putting in your mouth as e-Coli and other harmful germs could be introduced to you.

For example, a protozoan organism from dogs can cause flu-like symptoms in a disease called toxoplasmosis. It can be especially dangerous if pregnant women get it, as it can cause miscarriage and birth defects.

Dogs commonly get worms, particularly hookworms and roundworms. Dogs constantly have their nose to the ground and are very susceptible to picking these critters up, and if you and your dog are kissing, you can get them too.

Dogs can also pass along salmonella, although it is usually passed by bad meat, dogs can pick it up from reptiles such as turtles, lizards, and snakes. It can be present in their feces and the dog can pick it up from that.

It is also a good idea to watch what your dog eats, as in not letting him rummage through the neighbor's trash cans. The half-eaten hot dog or the spoiled hamburger he runs across may taste good to him, but the bacteria that is growing like crazy may not faze him but would give you a good fever if he licks you on the mouth.

In the final analysis, control what your dog eats, and don't kiss him on the mouth. Wash your hands each time you have any contact with him, as dogs are voracious lickers, and any part of him could be carrying bacterial problems for you.


Can you get sick from kissing your dog?




Every dog will display symptoms of sickness during its lifetime, and Knowing how to detect the symptoms is a very necessary aspect of pet ownership. While early detection of the disease can save you thousands in vet's bills, and most importantly, it saves your dog from suffering and being subjected to a flood of medications and therapies. The following are descriptions of dog disease symptoms to watch for:

Scratching, licking and chewing- are dog disease symptoms that can lead to even greater problems. When the preservative Ethoxyquin found in commercial pet foods causes an allergic reaction, excessive chewing can break the skin and lead to infections.

Gas and bloating- Chronic flatulence and bloating can be the sign of a digestive problem and possible infection or allergic reaction to the grains in an unsuitable food source.

Scooting- is one of the more common dog disease symptoms that indicate blocked or infected anal glands because of a consistent diet of soft or canned foods.

Wheezing or gasping- are the dog disease symptoms to pay attention to as it concerns your dog's breathing ability. Respiratory distress is usually a reaction to chemicals and drugs in commercial foods left over from the dead and diseased animals used for making dog food.
Loss of appetite- A loss of appetite for days in addition to not drinking requires attention. Dogs on commercial diets will also stop eating because they do not like the way the chemicals in the food make them feel.

Weight gain or loss- are two obvious dog disease symptoms. While small fluctuations are standard, excessive swings can indicate diabetes, hypoglycemia or thyroid problems.

Foul smelling feces and urine - usually a diet-related problem that can indicate infection in the intestines or kidneys. Dry kibble can be very concentrated and often results in dehydration.

Changes in behavior- are often overlooked as dog disease symptoms. However, the neurological toxins Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene found in commercial foods can affect your dog's neurological balances and processes.
 
Blood in feces and urine- are very distressing dog disease symptoms. A large amount of blood accompanied by diarrhea signifies a rupture or infection. Chronic dehydration is common as dry foods promote kidney disease and infection.

Frequent vomiting and diarrhea- is how the body quickly rids itself of something dangerous. Left unchecked, this can lead to electrolyte imbalances and further problems. It is usually a rejection of the diseased, dying and disabled animals that make up the bulk of a commercial food diet.

Coat and skin- is a perfect barometer for dog disease symptoms. Healthy dogs have full shiny coats while ailing dogs have sparse, brittle coats with skin eruptions. This often occurs when excess toxins and substances from a commercial diet need to be excreted.

Extreme dry nose- is an indicator of extreme allergic reaction.  With discharge or lethargy, it can be an indicator of a diet-related allergy to additives and preservatives.

Ears- are a standard spot for allergies to show up in dogs. Recurring infections can result in hearing loss or surgeries. A raw diet is the number one approach to ending chronic ear infections.

Extreme thirst- is one of the biggest dog disease symptoms that deserve attention as it is a tendency of diabetic dogs. Grain-based foods and high sugar levels in commercial dog foods are known to lead to diabetes and kidney problems.

Discharge- can come from the eyes, ears, anus or nose and is a body's attempt to rid itself of infection or foreign substances. It is usually a reaction to an overload of chemical additives from a commercial diet.

Coughing- is one of the most well-known dog disease symptoms largely because it is associated with a kennel cough. Dogs will also cough to relieve an irritated throat or airway when a low-quality food source has resulted in an allergic reaction.

Limping- is a serious issue whenever accompanied by whining or it interferes with your dog's daily routines. A commercial diet with chemicals that depletes minerals can lead to arthritis, tendonitis, hip dysplasia or luxating patellas.

Bad breath- can be an indicator of serious periodontal disease or severe digestive system upset. Canned foods or kibble will often stick to teeth and feed the bacteria in dental plaque causing a rotten smell.

No dog can stay healthy 100% of the time; however, there is no need to make them sick on purpose from a vastly inadequate commercial diet of canned and kibble dog food. By contrast, feeding a natural raw diet, health problems will heal within weeks. As the unique synergistic effects start to work their magic at a deep cellular level, the proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients act as medicine healing, repairing, replacing and returning the body to balance quickly. You will likely see an end to everything listed above and move on to a new found freedom with your companion that you never thought possible.


Identifying Dog Disease Symptoms-and What to Do Before It's too Late




It is often said that people will normally grow up to be like their parents. But did you know that this also extends to dogs? Have you noticed how many people have dogs that match themselves physically? What makes us identify with the dogs we choose to spend our lives with? We see this phenomenon not only with our dogs but also with the dogs of people we know personally, including celebrities.






Why do people choose a dog that looks like them? The answer may give you a new appreciation of the strong bonds we humans have forged with our furry friends.






In fact, there are some strange and unexpected similarities with the way we choose our other, two-legged life partners.





We have heard about dogs and their human companions looking for the same. But perhaps we have never seen evidence as persuasive as these images. It is a scientific fact that dogs look like their owners.









Michael Roy, of the University of California at San Diego, was one of the first psychologists who put the idea to the test. Going to three dog parks nearby, he photographed the dog and the owners separately and then asked a group of participants to try to match them up. Despite the absence of additional cues, he discovered that they could work out who lived with whom with reasonable accuracy. The result was repeated several times. More importantly, the resemblance may be slight but noticeable.






While this concept will not apply to everyone, it remains an interesting phenomenon. So, the next time you come across a dog on a walk, take a look and see if there is a resemblance to the person on the other side of the leash.







Science reveal that Dogs look like their owners


Meet the amazing ice-skating DOG: an adorable Labrador who spends his days in the rink after being rescued from euthanasia.

Benny, a five-year-old Labrador, has been learning to skate for a year after Cheryl Del Sangro, 56, its owner took him along to train on a whim.

During that first foray on the ice last winter, lovable Benny scooted around on the ice after his owner, skillfully and v and - picking up pucks.

It inspired Cheryl, who saved the puppy from death row in a shelter when he was only a few months old - to take him under her wing as her newest student.

Since then, Cheryl has taken Benny once every two weeks at the Las Vegas Ice Center, where she teaches him a series of tricks including turns, bunny hops, and crossovers.

She even made the dog a special pair of ice boots by attaching blades to the doggy shoes, which he used on his front paws while using his hind legs for grip.

The amazing videos show the talented puppy whizzing masterfully around the ice, and one clip has even racked up 30,000 views on Facebook.

According to Cheryl: “From the first day, I couldn't believe how anyone could not want this dog. “He was absolutely perfect. We had this bond from the first day, he is the happiest dog and he likes to learn new tricks".

“Now, you can’t stop him off the ice, it keeps getting better and better.
“You can only smile when you see it.”  She added: “We have looked into it and we can’t get any other dogs that can skate.”

Benny the world's first Ice skating dog looks like he's loving life after almost being put down



Like knowing that your loved one is suffering from cancer; being told that your family pet dog has this disease is equally as devastating for sure! Dogs can develop cancerous tumors and like humans early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment that may eradicate it, therefore, curing your beloved companion of this particularly nasty illness.

But it is very unfortunate that not all dog owners are aware that dogs can have cancer. But this is true; dog cancer is rampant and could account for the mortality of your pet. It is one of the leading causes of death especially for a ten-year-old canine or more. Just imagine that out of four dogs, one has the possibility of having cancer. It might be my dog, but it might also be yours. Now, knowing that dog cancer actually exists is not enough. You should go deeper and understand more. Start on the basic such as by knowing the types of canine cancer.

Why is it important to know the different types of canine cancer? It is simply because by knowing the problem, you could seek for solutions. Also, the symptoms differ in every type of cancer. The knowledge of symptoms is very important so as not to worsen the condition.

1. Another type is abdominal cancer that usually causes vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of weight. Canine owners should also observe for the occurrence of swollen abdomen especially if it is continuously growing.

2. Cancer in the breast accounts for twenty percent occurrence. It is common for unsprayed six-month-old female dogs that are normally in the heat for about every six months. The first sign would be a swollen mammary gland. Usually, female dogs that were spayed before their first heat cycle are prone to the development of mammary tumors.

3. Dog cancer is also known as neoplasia, tumor or malignancy. Fifty percent of the tumors are all of the skin. This is the most common of among the various types of dog cancer so check out for unusual and fast-growing lumps.
4. For male dogs, testicular cancer would be the case, especially for unneutered ones. Thus, neutered male dogs have less or no chances of having such a condition.

5. Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer that commonly perpetrates large breed dogs. Bone cancer is usually malignant and commonly develops at the site where a prior injury has occurred and it will burrow deeply into the bones that cause unbearable pain.

6. Another type of cancer that accounts for ten percent occurrence is lymphoma, which could be lethal as it affects the immune system. Common signs include swollen lymph nodes, lack of appetite and lethargic condition.

These are the common types of canine cancer that pet owners should be aware of. Upon manifestation of any sign, it is recommended to give them immediate supplement such as ES Clear as not to worsen the condition. Dogs are not merely pets but a loyal member in the house, thus dogs deserve to be taken cared of as we take good care of the house too!

Dog Cancer – And What You Should Be Conscious Of





There are several warnings about spending too much time on your phone; you’ll develop tech neck, it causes loneliness, and you’re missing out of real life! But these warnings have failed to convince us to put down our phones. Maybe this reason will be heartbreaking enough to spur us into action.

According to one expert, spending much time on your phone is making your dog sad! It is tough with your furry friend.
When you pay too much attention to your phones than to your dog, you are damaging your emotional bond with your pooch making your pooch feel lonely and isolated and this can lead to doggy depression and behavioral issues.
According to a veterinary surgeon and VetUK founder, Iain Booth ‘We’re a nation obsessed by our mobile phones, and all that time on our phone affects our dog more than cats because dogs are pack animals and look to their human's owner for leadership and contact. 
Your puppy needs steady love and interaction, much like kids.  Therefore when your pup looks at you with those gorgeous puppy eyes- drop down the phone and rug their tummies.

Expert says spending too much time on your phone is making your dog sad


Yes, you read that correctly. A small town of Idyllwild, California elected its very new mayor, an exceptionally good boy named Max who also happens to be a golden retriever. You will agree there is nothing more adorable and noble than a dog with a job.

The number of dog and cat mayoral race for the post was contested by 14 dogs and two cats. People paid $1 to vote and all proceeds were donated to animal rescue services. Maxi is always seen cruising around town in his personalized dog-proof pickup truck and makes regular public appearances.

Idyllwild is a non-incorporated town, which means they are not qualified for regular municipal elections. But honestly, who wants regular municipal elections when you can see Max patrolling and turning up to ribbon-cuttings? Max has fun, no doubt, but he also has his responsibilities. Max job description includes promising to support commissioners in their projects, support the mountain community, and attend community events, such as festivals and parades, speak out on behalf of the animals of the mountain and also do his best to accept invitations for official visits. Other responsibilities include receiving pat, scratches, rub, and of course, doling friendly licks to the deserving citizens.

When his duties become confusing a bit, Max can always count on his two deputy mayors, Mitzi and Mickey, who are dogs too. Together, the trio and their Chief of Staff, Phyllis Muller, keep Idyllwild in a pleasant and fun place to live. According to Phyllis, “his role is to make the world a better place by giving unconditional love and doing many good deeds for others," says Phyllis ABC.

The role will last for life, so we hope to see even more of Mayor Max in the coming years. He sure beats other animals who’ve been elected recently and the way things are going Max will perhaps last longer in office.


California Town Elects Dog as Mayor



Having a pet emergency plan in place for hurricane season is one of the most sensible things you can do as a responsible pet owner. When you hear a hurricane is on its way, you don't get much warning. This causes panic and often you forget what you need to do and forget important things, like your beloved animal or things that can cause you to be turned away from shelters, this is why a pet emergency plan is so important.

If you are out of home/station at the time of striking of the disaster you should make arrangements for someone to go to your home immediately and ensure the safety of your dogs. Your pet's disaster supply kit has to be kept in a convenient place inside your house; this kit should contain 3 days' supply of food and water, crate, a first aid kit, can opener, leashes, harnesses, and newspaper or potty pads. Check out this video so during a hurricane/flooding you will understand your pet’s plight and take your pets to a safe place don't leave them behind because when you return your pets might not be alive.

Pets rescued by boat in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence (Video)


Hurricane season is once again upon us. Opening in August (typically) and ending just after Thanksgiving, one never knows which one will be the next Andrew, Katrina, Hugo, George, or even the most recent in North Carolina. In this season of hurricanes and tropical storms, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that not only are you ready to evacuate at a moment's notice but also to have your pet ready to go, as well. Hurricanes are usually very trackable and, unlike tornadoes, can be predicted long enough in advance for an area to brace for damage. This one advantage allows you to act as a responsible pet parent and prepare for the worst-case scenario which is a luxury, not all storms bring with them.

Dog owners face a number of challenges and frustrations just keeping their pet safe from the elements. When storms blow through an area, it can lead to even more damage, sometimes very costly in nature. However, if you take some time to prepare for storm conditions, it can save you a lot of stress and headaches when the time comes and you do face adverse weather conditions.

In the event of a major storm, and 'storm' here does not mean a passing thunderstorm but a population-threatening event, immediately put a leash on your dogs. Do not assume your pet will come when called in such a situation; when dogs get scared they hide, often times under a bed or in a closet. This makes it very tough to reach them in time when you need to be rushing out the door to save yourself, so ensure you have your pets in a position and place to get them out easily. Be prepared to take them to the vehicle with you should you need to make an immediate exit.

Do not leave your pets to fend for themselves even if you keep enough food and water at home. While you leave, your beloved pet is alone, frightened and unable to open doors or think beyond the moment of her terror. Hurricane Flood usually saw over three million pets and livestock lost to abandonment while their owners hurried off to a safe place and left their pets home alone. During Hurricane Andrew, a thousand pets were euthanized for lack of space and no one stepping forward in time to claim them. In the days that followed Hurricane Katrina, more than ten thousand pets were rescued from the floods and wreckage but few were claimed, leading to more euthanizing. A domesticated animal left on its own in the conditions that remain in the wake of a major storm, particularly a hurricane, usually do not survive.

Pets, especially dogs, need to see a demonstration of level-headedness, quiet strength and a peaceful demeanor during times of high and frightening action. When a pets' world starts to crumble, you are to be the solid rock to which they can cling for survival. In your absent the poor animal will have nothing on which to determine its security level. First and foremost, you are the anchor so do not panic, scream or freak out more than is absolutely necessary.







How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Hurricane



You are outside with your dog, it is a nice summer day, the grass is very green and you are enjoying this time with your pup. Then you see your dog eating grass, and you ask yourself, why my dog eats grass? Is he hungry, bored or sick? Why is he eating things that are not food?

The truth is that some dogs love to eat grass. This habit usually has no bad side effects, except perhaps when he throws up the odd time. This does not affect the dog too much. He will just vomit and be on his way. It probably bothers you more than your dog.

Some people believe that dogs eat grass in order to add more nourishment to their diet. A lot of dogs will eat other things besides meat and grass is one of them. They believe dogs are trying to balance their diet of meat with some 'salad' on the side. If you are feeding your dog on high-quality food with all the nutrients that he needs, he may not eat grass, but if he is only fed meat alone, this could affect him in his choice of diet.

Another theory is that dogs eat grass to ease their stomach discomfort when having a feeling of nausea. However, dogs do not need to eat grass to vomit. It is true that sometimes they do throw up after eating grass, but this theory is merely speculation.

If your pup loves eating grass, make sure that the grass has not recently been treated with weed killer or pesticides. Except for that, you need not worry about it, because eating grass does not hurt your dog. As there is no evidence that it is harmful to your dog's health, you can be assured that eating grass is just something your dog likes to do. Even when your dog vomits once in a while, this habit will have no undesirable effects on him. Supervising him on leashed walks will help alleviate the problem. So you will be able to restrict his desire for grass if he starts to eat it if you think it necessary.

Although, there is really not much you can do about the grass-eating habit since nobody really has an answer to why dogs eat grass. Specialists seem to believe that it is just one of those things that some dogs enjoy. Preventing your dog from eating grass may deprive him of this pleasure. Supervising him on leashed walks will help alleviate the problem. So you will be able to restrict his desire for grass if he starts to eat it if you think it necessary.

Although, there is really not much you can do about the grass-eating habit since nobody really has an answer to why dogs eat grass. Specialists seem to believe that it is just one of those things that some dogs enjoy. Preventing your dog from eating grass may deprive him of this pleasure.

Why Dogs Eat Grass



Losing a dog can be a heartbreaking experience. Only dog owners will really understand how these animals become an important and irreplaceable part of the family all through their lifetimes, with traits that are unique, adorable and utterly unforgettable. If you're a dog owner and a true dog lover, it's a terrible day when your dog dies. It's almost as bad as losing a human being with whom you were very close as a friend or family member. But many people who don't own dogs or for some crazy reason don't like animals or pets cannot understand your grief. "Take it easy, he was just an animal" few of the more insensitive fellows of that lot may say to you.

 This makes it hard for you to overcome your sadness. As a matter of fact, you might start questioning yourself. "Am I crazy or hypersensitive, that I'm so overcome with grief over the death of my dog?" If you find yourself asking such questions to the mirror on the wall, don't worry about being imbalanced. You're not. You are the healthy, feeling human being. You are not crazy, and you are not "effeminate" if you're a man who sheds tears over the loss of his beloved companion.

So, the question comes "How do I handle the grief of losing a dog?" Let's look at some very important tips to help you go through this.

If you have other dogs, get even closer to them. If you have other pets that are not dogs, do the same. Let this loss make you even more appreciative of your extant pets, even if you can be sure that you never did anything that could be called neglectful toward your now deceased dog companion.

Get together with other people who understand your loss. I don't mean those who "tolerate" your loss, either. I mean those who empathize, understand and are sincerely sensitive to it. If you can get together with another person who lost a dog or who has a dying dog, they may understand you best of all. Don't think you are being self-centered by seeking them out or bringing up their own emotional suffering; they will appreciate your company just as much as you appreciate theirs. Shun people who try to belittle you over your grief about the dead dog, even if those people include some of your best friends.

Consider getting a different breed of dog. This means getting a dog that isn't of the same breed as the one that just died. It's similar to the dating or marriage principal of not looking just for a rebound. You may find yourself seeking to replace the deceased dog with a "replacement". This is entirely unfair to both you and the new dog in your life.

Leverage the grief to get creative. You might make some kind of memorabilia about your lost dog. It could be a collection of photographs, a collection of drawings, or some writings. You may even start doing something enterprising such as writing deceased pet memorabilia verses or blurbs for a greeting card company like Blue Mountain. You aren't exploiting memories of your dog when you get creative this way. You are honoring your dog. Furthermore, you are healing yourself.

How to handle the Grief of losing a Dog


To understand why domestic dogs sometimes bury bones it is necessary to take a look at the way in which wolves hunt in the wild. Burying bones is a peculiar canine behavior inherited by present-day dogs from their ancestors in the wilds. Caching or hoarding food is done by the dogs to save food for the rainy days. Of course, modern-day dogs do not need to hoard food. Responsible owners ensure that the dog has enough food every day. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years but they still retain the inherent behavior of caching food.

Centuries ago, finding food was a constant challenge for the dogs. Life was hard for the early canines. These carnivores may find prey but other dogs in the pack would share in the bounty. Other scavengers like the jackals, hyenas, big cats and vultures would also want their share. These animals like the dogs have excellent olfactory senses and once they get wind of the kill they would come to partake with or without the consent of the dog that caught the prey.

The burying act entails of digging a hole with the front feet while still clasping the meat in the jaws. When the cavity is big enough, the wolf simply opens its jaws and lets the meat drop into it. It then makes use its snout to push earth back on top of the cache. Unlike cat, dog never employs its front feet to fill in a hole that it has dug. When the hole is covered over, the dog makes a few pressing-down movements with its snout and then wanders off. It returns the following day, digs up the meat with its front feet, grabs it in its jaws, gives one powerful shake to remove the earth that is clinging to its hoard, and then settles down to eating it.

Returning to the domestic dog, it is now easy to see what conditions must be present to encourage it to bury food. In the first instance, there must be a food surplus. A hungry dog would, like its wolf ancestors, eat everything it could. Only if there was something left over that could not be eaten would it be carried into the garden and buried.

The reason why bones are so popular as burying objects is that, even if the dogs in question are not overfed and have no real food surplus, a large bone, which is impossible to break up and eat, has about it the essential quality of a food object that cannot be eaten now'. It is this 'left-over' quality that persuades even a hungry dog to bury it.

Modern day dogs do not need to hunt in order to survive. The doggie bowl will always be filled with kibble every meal time. The habit of burying bone though will still surface now and again. This is an intrinsic behavior that cannot be curbed with an adequate supply of food. Dogs may be domesticated but they will still bury bones as it is their instinctive nature to survive.


Why Do Dogs Bury Bones



50 Cent (aka Curtis James Jackson) has been an explosive figure in the hip-hop industry since his major label debut in 2003. Despite a hard childhood and youth, he has managed to pull himself out of the streets with unique rhymes and an ear for finding other rap talents.

They say a dog is a man's best friend, so 50 Cent is one man who has taken his talent a notch-further finding comfort in these four-legged pets and he takes every opportunity available to flaunt his furry friends with heart-warming pictures.

50 Cent is a pretty big name, best known around the world by not only rap fans who like to watch music videos but as well as pet lovers like us; I fell in love with this rapper when he released his first hit track "In Da Club". If you are a pet lover and love this rap star like I do, then check out his 10 amazing pictures with dogs, clear evidence that this rapper, investor, actor, and a businessman is in love with DOGS.



You can judge the heart of a man by how he treats his dog.





Better than all of the gold in the world, better than diamonds, better than pearls, better than materials things, is the love of a dog and the joy it brings.





The better I know human, the more I find myself loving a dog.




Money can buy you a lot of things, but only a dog can wiggle it butt everytime you come in the door.




Learn a lesson from your dog – No matter what life brings you. Kick some grass over that shit and move on






Petting, cuddling and scratching a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep motivation and almost as good to the soul as prayer.





A journey is sweet when traveling with a dog




Leave me alone, I am only speaking to my dog today.



Handle every stressful situation like a dog, if you can’t eat it or play with it. Just pee on it and walk away.



 The best dog dad is someone who works hard so his dog can have a good life.

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The breed of golden retrievers is preferred the world over because these dogs are very friendly. They love to play with their owners. They even try and make friends with visitors to the house and other dogs. They love strenuous physical activities. If you are planning to buy a golden retriever you have made a wise choice but you should have complete information on the breed. So here are some frequently asked questions about Golden Retrievers and the answers:

Question 1. Will all males mark territory or lift their legs?

Answer:  If males are neutered early, generally 6 months to 1.5 years, they will not be territorial.

Question 2. Why is it appropriate to spray my female?

Answer: By spaying your female before her first heat cycle you will be able to protect her against mammary tumors, uterine, cancer, and ovarian cancer. In addition, sterilized pets tend to behave better.

Question 3. Why is it appropriate to spray my male?

Answer: By spraying your male you can prevent your dog from developing testicular tumors and having a lower incidence of prostate cancer. In addition, by neutering your male Golden Retriever early on you will decrease the chances of medical problems, territorial aggression, leg lifting, roaming, behavioral problems, mounting, and possessive aggression.

Question 4. What is the lifespan of these dogs?

Answer.  Typically the lifespan is 12-15 years

Question 5.  What are some of the differences between male and female Goldens?

Answer: Size is the biggest difference between male and females. Females usually weigh between 50-60 pounds and the male usually weight 65-80 pound.

Question 6. Is it true or a misconception that females are calmer than males?

Answer:  In most cases, male Goldens tend to be more affectionate than females. In addition, females tend to be more independent than males.

Question 7. Do Golden Retrievers shed?

Answer:  Yes, they are known for shedding. This breed of dog sheds year round with a minimum of two times per year. Golden Retrievers need to be groomed/brushed on a daily basis and regularly use an undercoat rake which will reduce shedding. By brushing daily, it keeps the hair from matting.

Question 8. Should a Golden Retriever be shaved?

Answer: No, do not shave your Golden. A daily routine of brushing with an undercoat rake will help to solve the shedding problem. Goldens have to layers of coat hair. Golden Retriever coats are designed to keep them comfortable and to protect them from winter and summer cold and heat. During the winter months, undercoat grows and during the spring months, they begin to shed.

Question 9. How much exercise do Golden Retrievers need?

Answer:  Goldens are a very active breed and need a lot of exercises. While your Golden is young, under the age of 18 months, you should be careful about how much exercise they endure. In addition, you should not make your Golden jog or run until they are fully grown in order to avoid damaging their joints. Some proper exercise for Golden Retrievers includes throwing tennis balls, swimming, playing with other dogs, etc.

Question 10. Are Golden Retrievers good with children?

Answer:  Most Goldens adapt very well with children. Be careful though, despite their friendly temperament these dogs are active and energetic dogs. This means without meaning to a Golden could easily knock small children down with excitement.

Ten Most Ask Questions about Golden Retrievers



Louie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel began barking and frantically running around the apartment to get the attention of Shannon Weeks.

Shannon, from Dartford in Kent, followed the dog to her daughter's bedroom and found her one-year-old daughter lying face down.

Fortunately, it was not too late and the child was fully recovered, but the doctors said she could have died if it were not for Louie.

Louis does not even belong to the family, her owner is Shannon’s nan Maureen Tarrant, who brought him to her apartment that same day. Shannon, 23, said: "The dog kept barking and barking."

"He hardly ever does that so I did not know what to think ... Louis was going in and out of the rooms and back to Chloe.
"I went out and saw him outside of my daughter's room ... It was the worst you can imagine.

"I entered and my daughter was face down, she was pale and was not breathing, she had vomited and choked on her own sick, the only thing I remember doing is screaming".




Chloe came round when her mother picked her and patted her back, and her father Tom took her to Darent Valley Hospital.

Doctors told the family that four-year-old Louie saved Chloe's life.

Shannon said, "Lewis is my hero. If not for him, I would not have my pretty daughter."

The next evening, Chloe fell ill again and was diagnosed with bronchitis and stomach bug, but she has recovered since.

Shannon said: "The doctors said that if it were not for Louie and I had not get there when I did, Chloe may not have survived, he really did save my daughter."

I've always been nervous about dogs around babies before. Louie is so loyal, he never hurt a fly. After what happened, I went and get him some treats, if not for him I would not have my beautiful daughter."

Dog saved a little girl from choking to death


In some universities and colleges, such as Georgetown in Washington, DC, dogs have been on campus for years as lucky charms to sports teams. However, gradually more dogs are becoming part of campus life to help relieve stress.

With the return of students to the University of South Carolina this year, they were greeted by Indy, a therapy dog who will soon become a constant presence on campus, according to Raleigh News & Observer. Once the dog training is complete, she will participate in pet-a-puppy events and hold office hours at the University Student Health Services.

The University of Southern California has a dog on campus since 2016. The black golden puppy known as Professor Beauregard Tirebiter - but you can call him "Beau" - has office hour at the student’s health center. According to the media reports, the university said it believe the dog was the first full-time facility pup on a college campus.

Research suggests that positive interactions with dogs can create a sense of calm and well-being for the person, according to Olga Solomon, a professor of occupational therapy at the University of Southern California in2016. Even only petting dogs can increase serotonin, beta-endorphins, and oxytocin - chemicals and hormones that make people happy and reduce the stress hormone cortisol.

How Therapy Dog Can Help College Students' with stress



Designer dog clothes are developed by some of the top designers in the canine fashion world. These collections come in an array of colors and styles and form a perfect selection for all kinds of occasions such as weddings and other social events. These designer dog clothes go for a pretty penny, just as for the designer clothes you yourself might wear. Shop around for the most reasonable prices and the styles you want. The style and fabric of the dog apparels vary according to the breed.

One of the biggest issues, why there are some pet owners who are apprehensive about purchasing designer dog clothes, is the hefty price tag that comes along with it. For example, a custom-made Mary Jane prom dress for your little puppy can set you back almost a hundred dollars, when you can settle for the homemade version at less than half the price.

But then again, that's only one side of the coin. As you know, when you're looking to buy something, it should not only be the price tag that guides your decision, but also the quality. Designer dog clothes certainly offer premium quality.

1. Quality will last. You could be spending a lot now, but you know that the designer dog apparel is the ones that last longer. The secret doesn't only lie on the materials used but also on how the pieces are sewn together. Clothing designers also take the time and effort to make sure that every piece will pass the standards set by the clothing supply store as well as by their customers.

2. The materials used are very durable and comfortable. You can definitely see the difference between a very fine mesh and a fake one. Being assured of the quality of material used allows you to know that your pup will not experience any allergic reactions to the garment.

3. They are easy to maintain. Contrary to what other people think, designer dog clothes are actually very easy to clean, as long as you follow instructions or directions on how to do it. You can see the washing instructions on the tag attached to the clothing or in the box, which will always come together with your purchase.

4. Aesthetic Packaging. When the designer clothes are not in use, you can store them in their original packaging for safekeeping. The packing is usually attractive making a great gift, but also generally protects the garment from dust when not in use. With all the benefits you can get from designer apparel, it's well worth spending that little bit extra.

5. They are more fashionable and visually appealing. You would not be afraid to let your dog roam around donning a hoodie made by Juicy Couture or even by Snoop Doggy. After all, they look nice, solid, and bright with all the colors and the images that they contain.


Designer Dog Clothes



In recent years, there has been a lot of information in the news about dog flu or as it is otherwise known canine flu. More recently, the new bird flu or avian flu has emerged that has been spreading to humans too. With all this going on, it's enough to make you want to lock the doors keep your dog safely hidden away and wait for it all to pass!

The good news is, you and your dog don't have to go into hiding to avoid catching anything. A few simple precautions will keep you safe and allow you and your dog to enjoy the outdoors to the full.

Let's begin by identifying some specific facts about canine flu or dog flu. The highly contagious virus which is responsible for canine flu was originally spotted in around 2004 in the greyhound racing population. Many dogs died as a result and many more taken ill. That said, the virus is shown to be deadly in only 10% of the most susceptible dogs. I.e. Young puppies or older dogs whose immune systems are weakened.

More recently, canine flu has entered the domestic dog population. Although this may be the case, there are steps you can take to protect your dog.

Firstly, be aware that the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has recommendations for good infection control practices. Wherever you take your dog to be it a groomer, pet store, boarding kennel, animal shelter or dog show, always ensure that they meet the AVMA standards. Any place that your dog is likely to be closely contained with other dogs in greater numbers than usual, always check those guidelines are being met.

You should ask how to deal with suspected cases of canine flu. How do they isolate dogs that develop symptoms? Do they have a vet on call? When/how do they notify owners that their dog is showing symptoms. Asking all these questions will help you assess whether your dog will be o.k. there.

Additionally, if you think that you may have come into contact with a dog carrying the canine flu virus, wash your hands and clothes and anything you may have touched. Do this before coming into contact with other animals.

At the time of writing this article, there is no available vaccination for the canine flu. If you feel your dog may have canine flu or been exposed to canine flu, do not take them anywhere where other dogs will be congregating. Seek veterinary advice immediately.

If your dog does have dog flu the good news is that most dogs will recover in anything from 10 to 30 days. Most dogs will suffer from a persistent cough and a runny nose.

More severe cases will involve a fever and possibly pneumonia. The use of an intravenous may be needed with a course of antibiotics. Most dogs will recover from canine flu if cared for properly by a veterinarian.

Luckily, there is no evidence at the moment to suggest that people are at risk of catching dog flu. If you are worried about this then you can breathe easy.

Originally, the canine flu stemmed from the equine influenza virus which has been around for over 40 years. In this time, there has been no evidence to suggest anybody has caught the flu virus from a horse that had contracted it.

If you have concerns about canine flu, do not be afraid to take the dog for a walk or meeting other pooches. Your dog needs to exercise and socialize as much as ever. The best course of action would be to take the above precautions mentioned in this article. Find out as much additional information as you can and just be aware. That way your dog gets to enjoy life, and stay safe at the same time.

All You Need to Know About Canine Flu


Most domestic dogs live between 10 and 13 years, although many live up to 16 years, dogs that spend time outdoors may have a shorter life due to exposure to health hazards such as chemicals, traffic, infections, human violence and fighting with other dogs. As with humans, a better medical care and quality food now mean that dogs can live longer and this poses unique challenges to dog owners who care for the older dog. The following are some things you should consider as your pet is getting old.

Joints and muscles: Puppy does not remain flexible and energetic forever, and when their muscles tone decreases and their joints become inflamed with conditions such as arthritis, the cat may experience greater difficulty moving around.

Ensure your pet beds are easy for him to climb. You can also consider creating ramps out of plywood covered in carpet and use it to help him climb up stairs or his favorite patch on the sofa.

As pet age, caring for them becomes even more important. When a pet becomes too old, it can suffer the loss of sight and hearing, just like older humans, caring for dogs becomes more difficult at this age. Care must be taken to ensure the pet is as comfortable as possible. Your dog teeth can present real challenges as they get older. Like all of us, the older we get the more dental problems we have. Be sure you do everything possible to keep your dog teeth healthy.

Homeopathy: Another valuable treatment for your dog is homeopathy. Consult a holistic veterinarian before you combine any supplements with any other medication your dog is taking. Also, if your pup is seriously ill, never give him any supplement without the guidance of holistic veterinarians. Remember that supplements are also medications and can be dangerous if not used properly.

If your family is mixed- by this I mean having a dog living with your cat, some of this information can be applied to your elder dog. But, again, check with a knowledgeable veterinarian that has experience in homeopathy and Holistic therapy. You may have to call many veterinarians before finding the one with these skills.



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